Let’s talk about a serious issue that is affecting the health and wellbeing of our country – substance abuse among men. In Australia in 2021, among men, there were 1,069 drug-induced deaths and 1,156 alcohol-induced deaths, according to the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare. These are concerning numbers, and it’s important that we take steps to address this issue within our communities.
What is substance abuse?
Substance abuse refers to the harmful use of alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs, and other substances. It can lead to negative health outcomes, relationship difficulties, and problems at work. Substance abuse can also cause mental health problems and even lead to addiction and overdose, which can be fatal.
Why is it a problem among Australian men?
Unfortunately, substance abuse is prevalent among men in Australia, who are more likely to binge drink or use multiple substances at once. Additionally, men are less likely to seek help when they are struggling with substance abuse.
What can be done about it?
There are a number of steps that can be taken to address substance abuse among men. Firstly, it’s important for men to understand the risks associated with substance abuse and to be aware of the warning signs. These include changes in behavior or mood, a decline in performance at work, and relationship problems.
Secondly, reaching out for help is crucial. There are many services available that can provide support and guidance to men struggling. DirectLine offers confidential alcohol and drug counselling and referral in Victoria.
The bottom line
Substance abuse is a serious problem among Australian men, but it’s not something that has to be faced alone. There are many resources available to help men overcome addiction and improve their health and wellbeing. So, let’s work together to raise awareness of this issue and encourage men to seek out the services they need to make a positive change in their lives. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, see your GP for a referral, or call the Family Drug Helpline on 1300 660 068 for more information, or over the phone advice and support.